Huntingdon tried to avoid an 0-2 start to the VFW Area Five 15-16 year-old all-star tournament Friday against visiting Bald Eagle Area. Huntingdon tied the game 3-3 but five errors and a lack of clutch hitting resulted in Bald Eagle taking an 8-5 decision.
Huntingdon (0-2) left 11 men on base with six of them in scoring position. Bald Eagle (1-1) was able to keep scoring each time Huntingdon put some runs on the board.
“The errors are what hurts us. You have to situationally hit and we stranded 11 runners,” commented Huntingdon manager Jim Johnson. “We have to elevate our game and right now they’re not doing it. This hasn’t been an all-star performance.”
Trey Wilson had two hits, Jake Johnson scored two runs, and Dalton Dick had two RBI for Huntingdon. Dick got the start and the lefty went 4.1 innings, allowing six runs, seven hits, three walks, with seven strikeouts.
An infield error allowed Bald Eagle to put runners on the corners in the top of the first and Hayden Vaughn hit a sacrifice fly.
In the second Bald Eagle scored two runs on two hits and three errors. A pair of singles and outfield errors allowed one run to score. Gavin Johnson walked to force home another run.
Trey Wilson singled to drive in Isaac Watson in the bottom of the second for the locals. Dick doubled to bring home Johnson and Adam Boone’s base hit tied the game 3-3 in third.
Dick left the bases loaded in the second and held Bald Eagle in check until the fifth. Three hits scored one run and Wilson came on in relief. Alex Gavlock hit a two-run triple. Wilson walked a pair before getting out of the frame.
“Dalton settled in and did a good job,” said Johnson.
Huntingdon came back to make the score 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth. Dick singled to score Johnson and Brady Handy.
In the sixth, a single and balk was followed by a run-scoring base hit from Ethan Koleno for Bald Eagle. Another error scored one more to make the score 8-5.
TJ Wilson and Boone walked to start the last of the seventh. Heverly McGuire then retired the next three hitters to end the game.
Wyatt McClain pitched 4.1 innings for the win, giving up six hits and five runs.
Huntingdon is away this weekend at Bellefonte (1-1) today and Bald Eagle Sunday. Game times are 5:30 p.m.
“We have to come out fighting tomorrow and take our best shot,” Johnson remarked.